It's not the Islamic Empire that brought the end to the ancient city of Elusa. By digging through trash, scientists discovered clues to the real reason: a rapid climate shift.
Ancient March 26, 2019
Researchers are describing a treasure trove of fossils along a river in China. Half of the dozens and dozens of fossils are of previously undescribed creatures, and they suspect there are more.
Ancient March 21, 2019
For the first time, scientists in China found a fossilized female bird with well-preserved eggs. This discovery could shed more light on ancient avian reproduction.
Ancient March 21, 2019
The modern-day Iberia that is known today as Spain and Portugal is a melting pot of cultures. Thousands of years ago, the local men of the ancient Iberian Peninsula were mysteriously driven out of the genetic pool.
Ancient March 17, 2019
Researchers analyzed the DNA from ancient Iberian individuals to create the most extensive genetic record of the region to date. A paper revealed that the last hunter-gatherer group that survived in the region was more diverse than originally thought.
Ancient March 15, 2019
How did humans come to pronounce the letters "f" and "v"? Researchers of a controversial new study believe that it may have something to do with a shift in ancient humans' diet.
Ancient March 14, 2019
A new species of dinosaur has been identified from fossils unearthed in Victoria, Australia. The herbivores grew to about the size of a modern-day wallaby and had powerful hind legs like a kangaroo.
Ancient March 11, 2019
Researchers rediscvered four ancient tattoo tools that were thought to be lost in a fire. Together with an ink pot discovered in 1963, the find is the world's oldest known tattoo kit.
Ancient March 9, 2019
DNA analysis confirmed the skull piece belonged to a Denisovan. It was found in a cave in Siberia three years ago and represents the fifth Denisovan individual ever found.
Ancient March 4, 2019
Virtual reconstruction of the skeleton of an elderly male Neanderthal found in La Chapelle-aux-Saints, France sheds light on how this extinct species of human relative walked. They walked upright with a posture similar to modern humans.
Ancient March 2, 2019
A recently unearthed fossil has finally settled the debate about the stylophoran, a mysterious creature that existed before the age of dinosaurs. The specimen discovered in 2014 had perfectly-preserved soft tissues, allowing scientists to probe the creature's insides.
Ancient February 23, 2019
The fossil of a diminutive Tyranossaurus rex relative was discovered in Utah. The discovery reveals new information on how and when the T. rex eventually came to rule North America.
Ancient February 22, 2019
Was the asteroid that hit Earth solely responsible for the demise of dinosaurs? New studies find that a series of volcanic eruptions may have contributed to the mass extinction.
Ancient February 21, 2019
Using compound-specific isotope analyses, researchers found evidence suggesting the Neanderthals consumed fresh meat as their main food source. Researchers said they likely consumed vegetarian animals.
Ancient February 20, 2019
Researchers unveils key findings in African art thanks to medical technology
Ancient February 18, 2019
Scientists found a mysterious mass in the fossil of the Pappochelys rosinae, the oldest known turtle, unearthed in 2015. They revealed in a recent study that the mass was a malignant tumor.
Ancient February 9, 2019
Two new studies shed light on when the Neanderthals and the Denisovans occupied the Denisova cave in Siberia. Evidence suggests the two species shared the space for thousands of years.
Ancient January 31, 2019
Researchers said that the melting glaciers in the Arctic are exposing landscapes that have never been seen in over 40,000 years. From Baffin Island, they collected samples of ancient plants preserved in ice in the region.
Ancient January 30, 2019
In a study that involved javelin athletes throwing Schöningen spear replicas, researchers found the Neanderthals could hit and kill their prey at a distance. It was earlier thought these early humans could only hunt at close range.
Ancient January 26, 2019
Deep learning algorithm identified the genome of a human ancestor that would have been a hybrid of the Neanderthals and Denisovans. This species is not known to modern science.
Ancient January 19, 2019
Malapa Hominin 1 (male) and Malapa Hominin 2 (female) were found to be from the same hominin species. After a decade of analysis, scientists concluded that the skeletons unearthed in South Africa were both Australopithecus sediba.
Ancient January 19, 2019
A new study found that the locations of the megalithic platforms or ahu at Eastern Island in Chile are tied to the community's basic needs for survival. Whenever there are giant statues in an area, there are massive amounts of freshwater.
Ancient January 11, 2019
Researchers discovered a blue pigment that was believed to be grounded from lapis lazuli in a medieval nun's teeth. The findings shed light on how women were part of religious text writing.
Ancient January 10, 2019
The brain endocast of Little Foot showed the Australopithecus had a combination of ape-like and human-like features. It also suggested brain lateralization evolved early in the primate lineage.
Ancient December 26, 2018
A new study found that analysis of DNA from ancient Aboriginal Australian remains can be used to repatriate their bodies and bring them back to their original land. The study yielded a positive match in remains used.
Ancient December 20, 2018
The well-preserved tomb is the final resting place of the royal priest Wahtye. He lived during the reign of Neferirkare Kakai, the third king of the fifth dynasty of ancient Egypt.
Ancient December 18, 2018
View from the Hulu Caves in China. Scientists found a pair of stalagmites that push the limits of radiocarbon dating. The stalagmites were found to be 54,000 years old and offered an unbroken atmospheric record.
Ancient December 14, 2018
Researchers revealed that the bones of a woman that died 5,000 years ago contain a strain of Yersinia pestis bacterium. It is the oldest strain of the plague identified in history.
Ancient December 7, 2018
Researchers revealed that East Africa might not be the cradle of humanity after ancient stone tools were found in Algeria. Instead, hominins and their tools independently evolved all over Africa.
Ancient December 1, 2018
Another team had yet again claimed that they finally found where the lost city of Atlantis once stood. The search company behind this latest expedition said the fictional city was near the coast of in Spain.
Ancient November 29, 2018
Siberian unicorns existed around the time modern humans made it to Eurasia. Scientists revealed that the changes in the environment were to be blamed for the rhinos' extinction.
Ancient November 28, 2018
While other scientists had thought that interbreeding between primitive humans and Neanderthals only happened once, a new study said otherwise. Researchers explained that about 75,000 years ago, the two species interbred several times.
Ancient November 27, 2018
A team of archaeologists claimed that they found the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah near the Dead Sea. A massive asteroid explosion might have led to the destruction of an early civilization about 3,700 years ago.
Ancient November 26, 2018
Scientists absolved human ancestors from the mystery of the disappearance of megaherbivore species in Africa. Instead, the decline of global atmospheric CO2 caused by the expansion of grasslands might have killed many large mammals.
Ancient November 23, 2018
Xenothrix monkeys have gone extinct, but researchers were able to extract ancient DNA from remains in a cave in Jamaica. They found that titi monkeys are the closest surviving relatives of the ancient monkey species.
Ancient November 13, 2018
DNA sequencing revealed that the world's oldest natural mummy was Native American. The legal battle for world's oldest natural mummy has finally ended, giving custody of the mummy to the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone tribe.
Ancient November 10, 2018
Researchers found the same distinctive DNA type of North America's Clovis culture in excavation sites in Central and South America. This offered a strong evidence that the early humans migrated south thousands of years ago.
Ancient November 9, 2018
A new paper revealed that an animal painting inside a cave in a remote part of Borneo is about 40,000 years old. This contradicts the previous belief that cave painting originated in Europe.
Ancient November 8, 2018
A new study found that Neanderthal children experienced sickness and starvation during frigid cold periods in early Europe. The discovery was made after scientists studied chemical traces from 250,000-year-old teeth.
Ancient November 1, 2018
Researchers have found weapons created some 15,000 years ago in a site in Texas. The spear points are believed to be used to hunt animals such as the now extinct mammoths.
Ancient October 25, 2018
The Museum of the Bible in Washington DC will remove five of its artifacts that were once thought to be part of the Dead Sea Scrolls. What revealed the questionable authenticity of the fragments?
Ancient October 23, 2018
The Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD killed thousands of people, and many thought that most of them died due to asphyxiation. However, a new study revealed that for some victims, their skulls exploded and bodily fluids vaporized.
Ancient October 10, 2018
What kind of 'gift' did the Neanderthals leave humans when they interbred thousands of years ago? According to new study, the Neanderthals shared their precious virus defenses with modern humans.
Ancient October 5, 2018
Scientists have unearthed a new dinosaur species in South Africa that is a relative of the brontosaurus. The massive ancient animal has been named Ledumahadi mafube, which means 'giant thunderclap at dawn.'
Ancient September 28, 2018
New findings suggest that humans coexisted with Madagascar elephant birds for thousands of years. Does this mean that they are not to blame for the massive birds' extinction?
Ancient September 14, 2018